Ricard Camarena restaurant (Valencia)

Ricard Camarena studied at the Catering and Tourism School in Valencia. After opening a restaurant at the swimming pool in his village, Barx, he set up the Arrop restaurant together with his wife, Mari Carmen Bañuls, in Gandía (2004). In 2006 it was named Breakthrough Restaurant at the Madrid Fusión Culinary Summit. In the same year the El Levante newspaper awarded him the special gastronomy prize.

Success continued in 2007 with the Valencia Academy Award for the Culinary Arts for chef of the year. Shortly afterwards he won his first Michelin star.

In 2008 he moved Arrop to a palace in Valencia. Within a year he maintained his Michelin star and two suns in the Campsa guide.

In 2011 he opened the Ricard Camarena Restaurant in Valencia, where he won a Michelin star. In the same year he opened The Central Bar at Valencia Central market, and in 2012 the Canalla Bistró. He also owns the Habitual in Colón Market, the Canalla Bistró Mexico and the same brand at la Platea in Madrid.

Camarena also has two premises in the Colón Market in Valencia: Ricard Camarena Colón, exclusively devoted to staging events and private celebrations; and Ricard Camarena LAB, his R+D lab.